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Date Posted: 08:08:38 08/01/10 Sun
2010 Miss Sierra Vista Contestants with Miss Arizona 2010 and Miss Sierra Vista 2009
By Allison Gatlin
SIERRA VISTA — In that moment of suspense, a calm came over the audience as nine contestants waited breathlessly. As her name was called over the speaker, Brittany Farrar’s jaw dropped in surprise as she accepted the crown and a bouquet of flowers. She had just been named Miss Sierra Vista 2010.
“I’m so ecstatic, I can’t believe it,” she said immediately after the announcement.
“I thought all the girls did great.”
Farrar, a native Sierra Vistan, won a $2,000 scholarship. As Miss Sierra Vista 2010, she will reign over the city for the next year as she continues to work on her platform of going green in schools.
“I definitely want to promote my platform,” she said. “Going green in schools is my major focus right now.”
During the talent portion of the contest, Farrar wowed the judges with her rendition of “At Last” by Etta James. During the evening wear division, she remained cool as she explained to the audience her five-step program for setting up a school recycling program.
She also answered the question of which historical figure she would like to meet.
“If I could meet one historical figure, it would definitely be Abraham Lincoln,” she said. “He would be the very first person I would like to meet.”
In preparation for the pageant, Farrar said she brushed up on current events and will continue to do so in preparation for her run at Miss Arizona.
The night was filled with a number of memorable highlights intermixed with the theme of “Excalibur: The Myth! The Magic!” In addition to the talents by the contestants, performances were given by magician Jack Bower and a Michael Jackson tribute dance was done by master of ceremonies Grady Butler.
Five judges worked together to score contestants on several areas, including a 10-
minute one-on-one interview, swimsuit, talent, evening wear and two on-stage questions.
Tamara Vukomanovich got the first-runner up honor and a $1,000 scholarship. She earned points with the judges for her sign-
language interpretation of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and poised answer to Butler’s question of how technology has affected her platform of getting kids involved in the community.
“Kids need to get out there and get involved in their communities, their schools,” she said. “Technology can even help them. A game night is a great way to get children, teens, even adults, involved.”
Second runner-up Kimberly Engols won an $800 scholarship.
Torrie Ballantyne, Leah Colburn, Alana Hubble, Caitlin McPhillips, Kimberley Nason and Amanda Wheeler were all awarded $500 scholarships for their participation. Additional scholarships from Cochise College and the San Pedro Kiwanis went to Wheeler and McPhillips, respectively.
As her reign came to an end, Miss Sierra Vista 2009 Kim Swift said, “To the next Miss Sierra Vista, in this coming year, you will find yourself reaching deep inside to pull from your inner strength in order to serve effectively and be all that you can. I wish you luck. As many Miss Sierra Vistas of the past, I offer my hand if you need help and my shoulder if you need support.”